Good oral health and dental hygiene is good for your heart. There is research showing that cardiovascular disease and heart health conditions in general are less of a risk if you have a healthy mouth.
Poor dental and oral hygiene can lead to a host of problems, including gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, chronic bad breath, and even infections and inflammations that spread from the mouth to other parts of the body.
Oral and dental health easily ranks among the most important areas of your overall health you need to constantly monitor and care for. And yet, oral health is often neglected, both because of an aversion to seeing the dentist and because of the seeming tediousness of upholding good home oral hygiene practices on a continual basis.
Gum disease comes in 4 distinct stages of progression, beginning as gingivitis and culminating in advanced periodontitis. At first, its symptoms are mild and fully reversible. But left unchecked, it can lead to deterioration of gum and bone tissue, tooth loss, and infection/inflammations spreading from the mouth to other parts of the body.
When most people think of dental hygiene, or oral hygiene, they immediately focus their thoughts on tooth health. But the fact is, dental hygiene is no less critical to periodontal (gum) health.